December 2013 / Food / Gift-Giving / Gluten-Free / Recipes

Raw Energy Cookies (for the Paleo person in your life)

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Cashew Energy Cookies

(Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews
1 cup pitted whole dates (press them into the measuring cup)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (plus more for rolling them in)
pinch sea salt

Pulse the cashews in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the dates and pulse until the nuts and dates combine. Add the coconut and salt and mix until coconut is evenly distributed. Scoop mixture by the tablespoon and shape into balls. Roll them in coconut and enjoy. (So easy!)

*Of course, you could always toast your cashews and your coconut flakes for a nuttier flavor.

Chocolate Energy Cookies

(Vegan – if you use coconut oil instead of ghee, Paleo, Gluten Free)

Ingredients:

1 cup almonds
1 cup pitted, whole dates
1/2 cup cashews
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder (or carob powder)
1 Tbsp. ghee or coconut oil
pinch sea salt
unsweetened finely shredded coconut flakes, for rolling finished cookies in (optional)

Pulse the almonds in a food processor until chopped. Add the cashews and pulse until both nuts are finely chopped (and if you’re married to anyone like my husband, add an anatomy joke and a snicker). Add the dates and pulse until dates and nuts combine (more anatomy jokes, if you wish). Add the coconut oil or ghee and salt and mix well. Scoop mixture by the tablespoon and shape into balls. Roll them in coconut (if you wish) and enjoy.

Green Tea and Sesame Energy Cookies

(Paleo, Gluten Free)

Ingredients:

1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup cashews
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. Honey
2 tea bags, organic green (jasmine green would be fab)
Sesame Seeds

If you’re making your own almond meal, pulse the almonds in a food processor until very fine (but stop before you begin making almond butter, and set aside. Pulse the cashews until finely chopped. Add the almond meal and mix.

Melt the coconut oil and honey together in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the tea bags and let them steep in the honey and oil for about fifteen minutes. Remove the honey and oil from the heat and squeeze well, making sure you release all the tea extract you can into the honey.

With the motor running, slowly drizzle the honey mixture into the almond and cashew mixture until well combined. Scoop mixture by the tablespoon and shape into balls. Roll them in sesame seeds and enjoy.

Voila! Now you have a gift for the hard to feed person in your life. And these are fantastic. I know, because I AM the hard to feed person in everyone I know’s life. Happy Holidays!

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